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About Legal Sea Foods - Short Hills

The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish.
Our restaurant is located inside The Mall at Short Hills on the lower level. You may choose to beach yourself in our dining room or at our bar. Either way, we’ll think you walk on water - be sure to see our aquarium of koi fish built into the floor.

Legal Sea Foods has long proven that a consistent, high quality dining experience never goes out of style. With over 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish available throughout the year as well as an award-winning wine list, there’s no doubt why legions of fans have fallen hook, line and sinker.

We’ve received a boatload of accolades including being named “#1 Best Seafood Restaurant” in a nationwide poll by USA Today (2013) and the honor of serving our legendary New England Clam Chowder at every presidential inauguration since 1981.

1200 Morris Turnpike
Route 24 & JFK Parkway
Short Hills, NJ 07078
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am - 11pm
Sunday: 11am - 9pm

Cross Street:
JFK Parkway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(973) 467-0089

Website:
http://www.legalseafoods.com/Restaurants/Short-Hills-The-Mall-at-Short-Hills

Parking Details:
Land a parking spot in the upper level lot right in front of our door.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Celebrate a special occasion or host a corporate event at Legal Sea Foods. We customize every menu and finishing detail. Here in Short Hills, our private dining room can accommodate 34 guests for a sit-down dinner.

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Legal Sea Foods - Short Hills Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (36)
Great for Lunch (21)
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Kid-friendly (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Authentic (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Quick Bite (6)
Cozy (5)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

I always get grilled halibut...so glad it now regular menu item. It just does not get any better at any price. The Mrs and daughter got lobster Thermidor special. Excellent. Daughter’s SO ordered grilled swordfish with red onion relish. Great choice.

Legal seafood reminds us of visit to CIA in Hyde Park, NY.

High quality. High value. We appreciate LSF is close to us.

Thank you!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Awesome birthday dinner. The best fish/ seafood experience!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Delicious salad. Nice waiter

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Legal Seafood has fresh, good fish! And their Lobster Bisque is authentically delicious.
Good service and fine good ....a perfect lunch!

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

excellent seafood served in a bustling, upscale mall location. Reservations honored promptly even with large crowd waiting at reception desk. Our waiter was attentive and responsive to our requests

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Our waitress was efficient and not overbearing. Our food was delivered hot and exactly what was ordered. Water glasses were refilled with expediency. It was a nice place for fresh fish, friendly chatter and a unrushed atmosphere.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

I wish there were more Legal Seafood restaurants around in NJ. Being originally from New England this is the best place in NJ to get seafood. Even the fried clams are the whole clams. Unlike most seafood restaurants in NJ where you get a clam strip. Legal has the Best Steamers, not to mention EVERYTHING else on the menu.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Bar Seating, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Love Legal Seafood, always get a good meal here. Fish is fresh, wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Lots of gluten free options, especially love the calamari!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Gluten Free Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

What started as a wonderful evening slowly became a terrible memory and I am still trying to figure out what happened. Our waiter began as a wonderful, attentive, super friendly guy. But by the end of the evening he was basically ignoring us. I wish I knew why...

The food was decent - crab cakes are amazing. But should we go back we will probably sit at the bar and have appetizers.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

I’ve been to this location 6 times over the past 2 years. Have never had a great experience just o.k. Yesterday’s visit was the worst. From having made dinner reservations earlier in the day,only to be seated near the exit door, in the back room ( like not being in the restaurant at all.) to having a server that took too long to put our order in. He actually took the order for two nearby tables that were seated after us and their food came out well in advance of ours. We ordered two of the most expensive dishes on the menu- crab cake combo. Crab cake coating was hard, looked like an over cooked biscuit. And scallops/ shrimp were pathetic in presentation as well. Manger was accommodating and had meals redone but even the replacement dishes lacked in the quality and presentation expected and experienced at other Legal locations. Won’t be back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Well intentioned, but poorly educated wait staff.
Excellent prepared and served food that was delicious!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great service. Good food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We arrived at the restaurant and were pleased that they honored our request for a round table. Since the restaurant can be loud, we often make the request so my father can hear the conversation. Our server was attentive, and took our appetizer orders while we waited for the last member of our party to arrive. Our food was prepared as ordered, except for one person who ordered mahi mahi but got rainbow trout. We didn't point this out to the server since he was okay with the rainbow trout, and the bill reflected the correct item. All in all, it was a nice meal in a convenient location.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

From the first greeting when we arrived Legal Seafood more than makes you feel welcome...The service was outstanding..The food fantastic..Crab cakes,,Onion soup, stuffed shrimp and a whole lobster with sweet corn on the cob,,The waitress, Jessica, even removed the entire shell,,,dessert was their daily dessert special,,even the coffee was perfect....Highly recommend..

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Always and I mean always delightful and delicious

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was good not great. Lobster claw in copping was,stringy and likely over cooked. Very noisey. On top if which the music adds,another layer of noise.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Busy on a Saturday evening . Service was okay but could have been better. Food is great as usual.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

While usually a big fan of this Legal Sea Foods, on this particular evening the service was very poor - returned off-tasting martinis twice and had to remind the waitress on a number of occasions to go look for our soup, then our entrees and then our side dishes.
This is a good restaurant usually, but poor service on this particular evening - and it was even quiet when we got there, so no real excuse.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Consistently reliable and consistently good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Our first time to this particular Legal Seafood. Had a reservation....crazy busy...Saturday night at the mall....but only had to wait 10 minutes...had a nice booth table by the window. Our waiter Chris was fabulous. He was very knowledgeable and guided us in the right direction.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The grilled shrimp special was awesome....it does not sound exciting but it was...expectations exceeded. Excellent value.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

My experience was really positive here. The service was very good, as was the food. Considering the location and meals (starters, drinks, entrees, and dessert), I the thought price was very reasonable. I'd definitely recommend it for people who enjoy seafood.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Make sure you are not seated in the back room. It’s for families with kids.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 18, 2018

I have eaten at this location several times and the food is consistently good.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Fresh and delicious, innovative food and attentive, fast service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I ordered the Shrimp Casserole with the Jasmine Rice. The rice was sticky, the casserole was over cooked, stuck to the pan, and extremely dry. I was at the Short Hills location with my husband for date night, had been wanting to there for a while...wanted some real seafood, not the Red Lobster stuff.

Unfortunately, my food was horrible, I actually missed the Red Lobster stuff, and had at $90+ bill to pay for terrible food. I will NEVER go there again! I guess I will have to go to the shore to get good seafood.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

45 minute wait even with a reservation. Food was just okay.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food was good but crab claws were not cut or cracked and were very fishy otherwise all good. Our waitress was awesome!

Tags: Healthy, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This place was nice. The service was a bit slow.
I would dine here again.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food was excellent, and the server was friendly. This restaurant seldom disappoints.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Another bad lunch, this will be my final meal here. It has become such poor quality. I always get the Crispy Fish Sandwich. The fish was not crispy and cold. They remade it for me which was better but this seems to always happen. I even had to stop getting fries because they tasted like cardboard. I will never patronize this establishment again!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Raw Oysters were awesome. Crabcake like 1% bread all crab meat. Thai calamari is great. Try crab cake combo meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

A little break from the exhausting routine...lunch was great. We had fun. The Mrs had tuna burger...was really good but portion a bit much for her (but she rose to the occasion). The spiced crusted tuna is an option for rare grilled tuna on the lunch menu...perfect! Service quite excellent today. Recommend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

You know what you get when you come to LSF. No matter what LFS you take food is always good and quality same. I have found that service varies in places. Here it is always somehow slow even waitresses running all the time. About the food, lobsters are always good choice and you cannot choose wrong from catch from the day list.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Restaurant is beginning to look a little old and dark. Steamers were wonderful. Reduced fat chowder was stocked with fish and potaotoes but could use alittle more favor. Sangria was very good. Lunch was very nice but honestly the value was not there. I go out all the time for lunch oftern in the city at great restaurants. This restaurant in a mall was overpriced. Had soup, shared steamers, small wedge salad and a glass of sangrai and came out to over $50. I go out almost everyday, that is too much for what we had.
I am sure I will be back because it is a convenient location . I think they should consider a lunch price fix like $36 .

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food was good and the service was also good. The only issue I had is that no one recognized my Wife's birthday as I requested in my reservation. I only asked for recognition, nothing more. Is that too difficult?

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The only thing good was our waitress. Too bad she had to serve such poor food. The hostess in charge was rude. She ignored our reservation and seated others with reservation times after ours. One of the waiters had a Rastafarian hair do down to the middle of his back. New Years Eve was very disappointing.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This is our, "Go to" restaurant when we are in the mood for great seafood. Great atmosphere, great service, great food! Fantastic bar drinks and specialty cocktails. Like their watermelon martini! Awesome oysters and there is normally a choice of several varieties. They are perfectly shucked and delicious and fresh. Served on ice with cocktail sauce and horseradish. I can easily suck down a dozen before my meal. For that I always go for the 1.5 lb steamed lobster. For my two sides I usually get the mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. Rarely have room for dessert so I usually end things with a fresh cup of espresso. Perfection from start to finish!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was excellent with generous portions. Server was exceptional

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

LSF is pretty consistent. Grill menu is always a sure thing. The Mrs had the seafood puttanesca special ... homemade pasta was excellent. I had grilled halibut (as usual). It takes know-how to prepare it so well. I looked at fresh halibut in the grocery store and concluded the LSF price is reasonable.

We agree that LSF reminds us of visit to CIA in Hyde Park last year.

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